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Jesse James: Legendary Rebel and Outlaw
     

Jesse James: Legendary Rebel and Outlaw

by J. Dennis Robinson
 

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From his beginnings as a guerrilla fighter for the Confederates during the Civil War, Jesse James turned to robbery, becoming one of the most famous bank and train robbers in the history of the United States. With his band of outlaws, James led dozens of robberies and killed a number of people in Missouri and other states. Though legends have painted a sympathetic

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From his beginnings as a guerrilla fighter for the Confederates during the Civil War, Jesse James turned to robbery, becoming one of the most famous bank and train robbers in the history of the United States. With his band of outlaws, James led dozens of robberies and killed a number of people in Missouri and other states. Though legends have painted a sympathetic portrait of James, in reality he was a dangerous criminal who used violence to achieve his ends.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Robinson's book about Jesse James attempts to examine the romantic myth surrounding the notorious bank robber. In the first chapter called Man and Myth, Robinson states the facts that in fifteen years Jesse and his brother Frank robbed twenty banks, trains, and stagecoaches and killed at least ten innocent men. Other authors have portrayed Jesse as a man who never harmed an innocent man, didn't steal from the poor and was only robbing banks and trains to get even with greedy banks and railroad companies. But facts tell the true story. Jesse James was a cold killer who didn't give a thought to shooting anyone who stood in his way. Jesse's early life didn't show any signs of a life gone wrong. His father was a preacher and his mother a devoted wife who loved and took good care of her children. When Jesse's father, Robert James died, the family dynamics changed. Zerelda James married two more times. The third marriage was the better one. As Jesse grew older, he showed anger and a terrible temper. The Civil War was to play a defining part in Jesse's later life. The Civil War created violence, and it was all around him. Jesse's stepfather was tortured, his people put down, and his countryside demolished by the Union Army. In 1864, when Jesse was a teenager, he joined the bushwhackers, a group of guerrilla fighters. Jesse was severely wounded in the chest not long after joining this group. He rejoined the gang after he recovered. Jesse's experiences fighting the Union only heightened his inner anger and frustrations. After the war he returned to a quiet life on the family farm, but this period didn't last for long. He soon become an outlaw along with his brother Frank James. His endcame at the age of thirty-five when another outlaw named Bob Ford shot him in the head. Photographs are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756521042
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Signature Lives Ser.
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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